First, the smartflower tracks the sun from dawn to dusk, ensuring that its solar panels are always at a 90-degree angle to the sun, optimizing the radiation it receives, unlike most other solar setups. Smartflower does this through a GPS tracking device aligned to the specific longitude and latitude of the site where it is
The best measurement of productivity is the kilowatt hour, usually shown as kWh. A smartflower typically produces anywhere from from3,800 to over 6,200 kWh per year, depending on where it is located. Particularly sunny climates, like Arizona desert cities, will produce at the top of the range. More temperate climates with fewer sunny days like
In the United States and Canada, most homes consume more electricity in a year than can be produced by one smartflower or the typical rooftop system. And certainly the same is true for most American and Canadian businesses. For most homes and businesses, which are already connected to the grid, a solar system serves to
At the moment, energy production is determined by reviewing the information provided by the control box inside the smartflower. Within the next few months, all smartflowers will be upgraded to allow for remote monitoring. That means, using a smartphone/tablet, the owner and/or the dealer may determine the energy production and whether there are any problems
Installation requires a SmartFlower certified technician. The smartflower is already fully assembled before it reaches the installation location and, thus, is very simple to install. However, placement of the smartflower requires a crane or large forklift, and connection to the building’s distribution requires a licensed electrician. Additionally, to ensure proper setup of the smartflower, it
There is no general rule on what, if any, permit or other approval may be needed for installation, as the applicable governmental requirements vary from location to location and site to site. For most jurisdictions in the United States, it is likely that some form of permit will be required and setback requirements satisfied. Unless
What happens to the smartflower in extreme weather conditions such as strong wind, hail, heavy snow, extreme cold, or desert heat?
Heavy wind conditions: In heavy wind conditions, the smartflower is designed to protect itself before there is a problem. If winds reach 29 mph, the smartflower panels automatically move into horizontal position (Safety Position 1) to allow the wind to pass over and under them but the smartflower remains open to continue producing energy. If
The area needed for effective operation will be determined by your installer. They will perform a site assessment that includes a shading analysis, which is key to determining whether nearby trees or buildings might cast shade on the smartflower at some point during the day. Since each site is different, there is no definitive answer,
Maintenance is required every two years—this is mandatory to preserve the warranty from SmartFlower North America (SFNA). It typically involves no more than lubrication of certain moving parts, checking to ensure all connections are secure, and upgrading the system software as necessary. The maintenance should be performed by a certified technician.
We are in the process of determining the right inverter and battery combination for the North American market. As a result, we have not yet determined the battery capacity that will be available. Our current plan is to have the smartflower plus ready for sale no later than late fall 2018.